SPECway.org explains SPEC's origins, rationale, and methods, provides examples of effective change programs, and describes tools for implementing SPEC and measuring its progress. Our forums connect participants in organizations currently working with the SPEC team, members of other groups and organizations wondering what SPEC has to offer, change agents in communities, and researchers and practitioners. And our collaborative Wiki lets members add new resources we can all use in our work.
|SPEC promotes well-being by|
concentrating on people's strengths,
preventing foreseeable problems,
providing voice and choice,
and changing community conditions
that lead to suffering.
SPEC's team, based in the University of Miami School of Education, primarily works with participating human services agencies to enhance community well-being and worker satisfaction. We would be glad to work with your organization, too, but SPEC is useful even if you implement its principles on your own.
SPEC's Four Components
SPEC focuses on four central principles. All are necessary to create change at individual, group, organizational, and community levels.
Acknowledging and appreciating people's strengths helps them thrive, but focusing on deficits diminishes their dignity.
Preventing ill health and social and psychological problems is better than curing people who already suffer.
Well-being requires control, voice and choice.
We cannot eliminate problems one person at a time. We must change conditions that lead to problems in the first place.
Well-being and Levels of Change
The SPEC project is all about well-being at four levels: individual, group, organization, and community. Well-being at all four levels is a cyclical process, which means that problems at any one level typically affect the other levels. This interaction adds to the complexity of creating change.
Fortunately, this cycle also points the way to achieving more effective change for larger numbers of people by focusing beyond the individual.
Where to Go from Here
This site offers documents and presentations to read online, search, and even comment on. Download those you find useful. Participating organizations can add documents of their own.
Questions? Try the FAQ, the Forums, or contact us directly!